BY AJ TRAGER
SAGINAW – Great Lakes Bay 2015 Pride comes to Ojibway Island July 25.
This year’s event will consist of activities for all ages from noon to 8 p.m., including an LGBT Car Show, vendors, entertainment, performances, a beer garden, food trucks and a children’s activity area.
Rev. Rhonda Sebert will perform commitment ceremonies, while also offering couples a chance to discuss their upcoming weddings with her.
Vendors for the festival will include: Jamberry Nails, Pure Romance, Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ Ale, Nancy’s Shaved Ice Truck and Makin’ Bacon Truck.
Entertainment will begin on the main stage at noon and will include performances by: YFX Physical Theatre, Master J.C. & His Genies Three, Mariana Zillicious Belly Dance, DJ Theresa Chavez, Avenue 5, James Taylor Jr., William Hystad, Kris Pride and Kara Marionette, with headline performance by New York artist Matt Ryanz.
Ryanz is an independent songwriter and performer. His lead single “It’s Never Enough” was recorded and produced by Ryanz in his New York City apartment in the Hell’s Kitchen district and sends audiences on a two and a half minute exploration of the end of a relationship.
Great Lakes Bay Pride is presented by Perceptions, the Michigan Tri-City (Midland, Saginaw and Bay City) LGBT nonprofit organization striving to foster a positive image for the LGBT community, and is sponsored by Dow, PFLAG, Bancroft, E&D Accounting & Tax Services, Melting Moments Photography, the Malenfant Family, El Ranchero Grande and La Estrella Bakery.
The radio station 102.5 WIOG will be broadcasting live during the festival.
Rust Park is located on Ojibway Island at 121 Ezra Rust Dr. in Saginaw. Entrance to the island is off of Fordney Street.